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MT. KAILASH – LAKE MANSAROVAR YATRA
   

According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva Resides on top of Mount Kailash, where he sits in a state of meditation along with his wife Parvati, the Daughter of Himalaya. The Kailash Parvat is believed to be the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is the abode ofpurity. It is a place of pilgrimage, attracting Hindus from all over the world. Taking a bath in Mansarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins committed over a hundred lifetimes.

 

Those who have visited the holy spots of Lake Mansarovar and KailashParvat carry with them a memory of a lifetime which remind them ofthe presence of Lord Shiva in their lives and gives them a feeling of peace and tranquility. The pristine beauty and serenity of these religious sites is truly awe inspiring and instills in people the feeling of being one with Shiva

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Hindus who walk around the 32 mile circumference of Mount Kailashuse the term Parikrama. Tibetans refer to the clockwise circumambulation as a Kora. Both words mean the same thing: pilgrimage. The parikrama of Kailash Parvat is an essential part of your overall journey to MountKailash. Trekking through this long path is difficult and physically taxing. However, with proper preparation devout pilgrims are able to complete this Parikrama.

 

Important Facts: Mt. Kailash / Mansarovar Yatra 


Location:                       Western Tibet (China)

Altitude:                        Kailash Peak 22,022 feet

Climate:                        (0 to 70 Degrees Fahrenheit)

Best Time to Visit:        May – September

Parikrama of Kailash:   32 miles (three days)

High point of Parikrama: 19,500 feet

Lake Mansarovar:           14,954 feet

Circumference of Mansarovar: 63 miles

 

Cost of the Package:-

Up to 10 people: -$1530 USD per person

11- 20 People - $ 1430 USD per person

21- 35 People - $ 1330USD Per person


 

Additional Information

 

Temperature and Weather

 

Weather conditions from May through September in Tibet are generally dry and sunny, with more precipitation in Julyand August. Daytime temperatures can be as high as 72 °F with the average daily temperature of 50 °F. However, the sun

is much more intense at higher altitudes making it feel much hotter. At this time of year there is also an incredible drop intemperature from early afternoon to evening. The temperature at night will drop as low as 14 °F to 32°F at altitudes of 16,404 feet, which is our highest camp during the Parikrama.

 

Health Considerations

 

All participants must provide a health certificate completed by their doctor confirming that they are fit to undertake thisYatra. Please note you will be traveling in remote areas at high altitude up to 19,500 feet. Some of the recommended testsinclude: blood pressure, hemoglobin, blood sugar, stress test, electrocardiogram (EKG) and any other tests according to your particular health status.

 

Fitness

 

Please start to get in shape now! A good 45 minute walk every day, combined with light jogging, stretching and/or regular exercise will get you into the right shape. Concentrate on your heart and legs. Yoga breathing exercises also help to

promote lung expansion which will allow your body to acclimatize faster. Porters will be carrying the bulk of your equipment. However, it is recommended that you are fit enough to carry some of your own snacks, water, camera, light

weight rain gear, etc.

 

Clothing

 

Pack clothing for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Mt. Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing will be required. However, as soon as you step out of the vehicle warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold wind of the Tibetan Plateau. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. We recommend that you bring along the following clothing and accessories with you: NOTE: Most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu.

 

VISAs and Documentation

 

All Participants must be in possession of their passport that is valid for at least 6 months. We will obtain each participant’s VISA for Tibet. Nepal Visa may be obtaining upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. If Participant wished to continue his/her journey to India, they must also have VISA for India. While flying into Delhi, all participants will be a transient passenger.

 

Staff

 

Our highly experienced Sherpa staff will be responsibility for all camping & cooking arrangements. A local English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the tour in Tibet.

 

Oxygen

 

One oxygen cylinder with will be provided in each vehicle and during the PARIKRAMA. Please note that Oxygen is to be used only in case of emergency.

 

Photography

 

Still cameras and video cameras are allowed to in China. Taking photos or videos at any Chinese Government area (Armycamp, Chinese Govt. home etc) is prohibited.

 

Insurance

 

We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, emergency rescue, accident hospitalization, trip cancellation etc as we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or their   belongings during these pilgrimages.

 

Accommodations

 

While on Yatra, all accommodations are basic lodges. If lodges are not vacant, our porters will pitch tents. Overnight at Lake Mansarovar and while on Parikrama will be in tents. All the lodges are basic accommodation with no shower facilities and common bathrooms. Shower houses are available in Saga and Darchen for a cost of Yuan 15-20.

 

Responsibility

All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of the China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB), a Government Organization; we have no control over the quality of the vehicles or the facilities. We reserve the right to change itineraries without advance notice depending on the weather and road conditions. The ChinaTibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB) reserves the right to change itineraries without advance notice depending upon various diseases characterized by a high fever or any other strike in China and Nepal.

 

Currency

 

All major foreign currencies are accepted in Zhangmu Bank in return for yuan. At the time of this writing the official exchange rate between U.S. dollar and yuan is about 1:6.8 (US $1 = 6.2 yuan). NOTE: Credit cards are not accepted while on Yatra. They are however, very useful while  in Kathmandu…☺ While in Kathmandu, Nepal Rupee can be exchanged at the hotel front desk. The exchange rate is approx US $1 = Rs72

 

Customs


Valuable goods taken for personal use (radio & video cameras etc) should be declared at the Customs office by completing a customs declaration form and brought back on your return journey. Antiques must be properly certified,

Otherwise they may be confiscated. Do not take any photography of Chinese Officials.

 

Transportation

 

From Kathmandu to Kodari, a private minibus will be provided for the group. Border crossing from Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be on trucks, approximately a 30 minute ride. Throughout the journey in Tibet you will be traveling in 4500

Land Cruisers or 62 model Land Cruisers. Trucks will be provided for all luggage, camping equipment, and food supplies.

 

Briefing and orientation

 

There will be a briefing on the program upon arrival in Kathmandu. It is very important that all participants to attend the briefing.


Itinerary

Day to Day Itinerary 2012


 


Day 01 Arrive to Kathmandu


 


(We recommend an early morning flight to allow restand time to prepare)


A warm welcome as we receive you at the airport and drive you to a palace hotel.We will collect your passport to obtain VISA for Tibet.Late afternoon we will have a group meeting to prepare for the Yatra and collect sleeping bags, Down jacket, and Duffle Bags. Welcome Dinner at a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight in the Hotel in Kathmandu.


 


Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing  


Visit Pashupatinath Temple , Boudhnath Stupa and Patan City.


 


After Breakfast, we will depart at approx 9am to Pashupatinath temple.


Proceed for sightseeing tour to Boudhnath and Patan Darbar square.


Lunch on your own. Final Preparation for Yatra, shopping, etc Dinner on your own. Overnight stay at Hotel, Kathmandu.


 


Day 03 Kathmandu- Nylam


 


Drive to Nylam (12,303 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 5 - 6 Hours After early breakfast we depart for the Tibet border. Lunch at the border. Clear Nepali customs/immigration and a 15 minute walk across Friendship Bridge to Tibet where the Chinese border police will check passport & visa.


Here, our land cruiser awaits (4 people plus a driver per vehicle). 30 minutedrive from Kodari to Zhangmu, where second immigration formalities haveto be done. From Zhangmu to Nylam is 3 to 4 hours scenic drive. Overnightat Guesthouse in Nylam.


 


Day o4 Rest day in Nylam to acclimatize (12 303 Feet Elevation)


 


After breakfast we will take a small walk through Nylam village to visit


Monastery. An option for a 2 hour trek for acclimatization or rest at the


guesthouse.Overnight at the same guesthouse.


 


Day5 Drive to Saga (14,409 Feet Elevation)


 


Travel Time 6-7 Hours. The road today is bumpy. Enjoy the view of snow capped mountains; we willbe passing through the first highest pass of Lalung La Pass (5000m) where amagnificent view of high Himalayas can be seen such as Gaurishanker,Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal. We will be crossing the holy riverBhramaputra. Overnight at hotel in Saga.Hot Shower Houses available here.


 


6 Drive to Paryang (14,180 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 6-7 Hours


 


The road condition is fair. Enjoy vast Tibetan Plato, landscape changes from sandy dunes to rocky vistas to savannah type. Overnight at guesthouse in Pryang.


 


7 Drive to Mansarovar (14,954 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 7- 8 Hours


 


Today is the most auspicious day for all of us as we will see the first glimpseof holy Mt.Kailash and sacred Lake Mansarovar. A lifetime achievement:here we will perform a holy dip, Relax and explore around the Mansarovararea. Overnight in a tent/camp.


 


Day 08 Drive around Mansarovar towards Raksas Lake to Darchen (14,975 feet


Elevation)


 


After completing the site seeing of Raksas Lake, we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama.Overnight in Darchen GuesthouseToday, we will pack our Back Pack and Repack our luggage for Parikrama days. One Duffle bag per two people is allowed.


 


Day 09 Parikrama to Dehara Puk (16,404 Feet Elevation)


 


Today, it feels as if the heavens had opened up for us and allowed us to peekinside the world of gods and goddesses. We will walk 18 kilometers throughthe valley guided by Holy Ganges River on our left and shadowed by Mount Kailash on our right. The feeling of today can only be experienced by one and not described…Have your camera handy to capture amazing views ofMt. Kailash.Overnight in a guesthouse or tent.


 


10 Parikrama continues to Dolma-La Pass (19,500 Feet Elevation)


 


Hardest but Holiest day of our pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of


19,500 ft between two valleys: - Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top,just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation. Parvati-stal and GauriKund are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive to Zuthal Puk the cave of Miracles. Overnight in tents.


 


11 Parikrama ends and drive to Saga


 


(After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. We will continue our drive to Saga and arrive by Evening and over Night.)


 


12 Drive to Kathmandu. (6 – 8 hrs)


 


Early morning, we will depart Saga and drive to border town of Zhangmu


where we will clear customs and continue our journey to Kathmandu afternoon Arrive Kathmandu and over night.


 


Day 13 Fly Back Home


 After Breakfast Transfer to airport for your Flight home sweet home…

Includes

Cost includes:
• Welcome and Farewell Dinner
• 3 night's accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Kathmandu
On twin share basis with breakfast
• Accommodation in Tibetan lodges or tents
• All Vegetarian Meals while on Yatra
• English Speaking Nepali Tour Leader and Tibetan Guide
• Tibet Visa & All Permit Fees
• Yaks & Yak men for luggage during Parikrama
• Ground transfers in Tibet using Toyota Land Cruisers
• Sherpa staff (trekking guides, porters, cook, etc)
• Portable altitude chamber bags

• Oxygen cylinders in each Land Cruiser
• Sleeping bag (return upon completion of journey)
• Down Jacket (returned upon completion of journey)
• Duffle Bag (returned upon completion of journey)

Excludes

Cost does not include:

• Airfares from Home – Kathmandu – Home
• All beverages, photography charges, web usage, and Telephone Calls
• Extra nights in Tibetan lodges (except mentioned in itinerary)
• Travel Insurance of Client
• Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation and porters
• All Lunches while in Kathmandu
• Horse rental while on Parikrama (approx Cost US $200) or personal porter (Approx Cost US $100)
• Emergency evacuation costs (cost for rental of Land Cruiser) (medical and rescue insurance is Recommended). We advise you to purchase insurance with zero deductible.
• Any additional meals in Kathmandu except mentioned in the itinerary
• Staff and Driver Tips

 

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Package Facts
Duration 13 Days
Altitude 22,022 feet
Starting Point Kathmandu
End Point Kathmandu
 
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